The Masters Golf Top 5 Highlights

The greatest golf tournament in the world has delivered golf fans a plethora of magical moments, drama, spectacular shot making and heart-breaking near-misses.

The US Masters always serves up the unexpected, astounding us with record-breaking feats and astonishing achievements.

The great champions of the game have risen to the challenge at Augusta while many more are still searching for that elusive green jacket.

Last year threw up a surprise with Englishman Danny Willett (pictured above) capturing the green jacket while in 2015, Jordan Spieth was masterful, going wire-to-wire in a memorable Masters triumph which equalled Tiger Woods’ Masters record of 18-under 270 set in 1997.

Australian golfers have a long affinity with the Masters but it wasn’t until Adam Scott’s play-off triumph over Angel Cabrera in 2013 that an Australian finally donned the famous green jacket.

World number 3 Jason Day, chasing his first Masters triumph, again leads the Aussie charge this year.

There has been an abundance of highlights at Augusta over the years, so here’s five of the best:

5 - Tiger’s recording breaking win (1997)

Tiger Woods created history in 1997 when he became the youngest player at age 21 to win the green jacket after carding a record-low 18-under (270) with scores of 70, 66, 65 and 69.

His 12-stroke victory over second-placed Tom Kite is the largest margin of victory in tournament history.

His maiden major victory generated extraordinary hysteria with his breakthrough triumph drawing big galleries and record TV ratings..

4 - Louis Oosthuizen’s albatross (2012)

Louis Oosthuizen may have been the bridesmaid to Bubba Watson in 2012 but it was the South African who had the galleries buzzing with a rare albatross on the second hole 575-yard Par 5.

Oosthuizen hit a 253-yard 4-iron to the green which rolled into the cup for a remarkable ‘2’

3 - Jordan Spieth goes wire-to-wire (2015)

Mirroring Tiger Woods’ breakthrough major triumph at Augusta in 1997, a 21-year-old Jordan Spieth clinched his first green jacket while carding 18-under (270), to equal Woods’ record breaking mark.

Spieth achieved the feat in stirring style, becoming the first player to lead after each round since Raymond Floyd in 1976.

Spieth ended up winning by 4 strokes after rounds of 64, 66, 70 and 70.

2 - Tiger’s chip shot on 16th hole (2005)

Forever ingrained in every golf fan’s memory is Tiger Woods’ remarkable chip shot on the 16th hole in 2005.

Woods had a horrible lie in the rough just off the green but that didn’t stop him from sinking an exquisite chip shot for an unlikely birdie.

Woods chipped to the top of the green as his ball rolled towards the cup, pausing for a second at the edge before falling in. Woods went on to capture his 4th green jacket.

1 - Adam Scott becomes the first Australia to win the Masters (2013)

A long drought in Australian golf was broken when Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters.

The likeable Aussie survived a two-hole play-off against former Masters champ Angel Cabrera to etch his name in Australian golfing history.

Scott's victory was seized in dramatic fashion with the stylish Aussie sinking two monster birdie putts on the 18th and on the second play-off hole to edge out Cabrera.

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